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Anyone in Texas
« on: January 13, 2009, 11:43:47 pm »
ETA I found this info, www.capitol.st ate.tx.us Type HB 458 in the search bar.
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=HB458  (i dont know if that link will work if not follow the steps above it.)

Limit of 2 dogs in all of texas to anyone who lives in any platted residential subdivision no matter where you are located or how many acres you may have.


EVERYONE must get in touch with their representative s and let them know how opposed we are to this type of pet limitations.  The full text of the bill follows.
 
I fear this is only the beginning of a very long legislative session.
 
Linda
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81R3883 EAH-D
 
 By: LeibowitzH.B. No. 458
 
 
  A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
  AN ACT
  relating to limitations on the number of dogs at a residence in
  certain counties.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter Z, Chapter 240, Local Government
  Code, is amended by adding Section 240.904 to read as follows:
         Sec. 240.904.  REGULATION OF NUMBER OF DOGS AT RESIDENCE.
  (a)  In this section, "residential subdivision" has the meaning
  assigned by Section 240.081.
         (b)  The commissioners court of a county with a population of
  one million or more by order may limit the number of dogs that an
  individual may keep at a residence located in a residential
  subdivision in the unincorporated area of the county.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2009.

TX-RPOA E-News
From RPOA Texas Outreach and
 Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
 "Animal welfare, not animal 'rights'
 and, yes, there is a difference."
 Permission granted to crosspost.


 January 7, 2009
 The Texas Legislature convenes their 81st Regular Session on January 13th
 and adjourns at the end of May. However bills are already being filed so
 fasten your seat belts, this will be a rough year.

 The Responsible Pet Owners Alliance's Board of Directors voted last
night
to
 OPPOSE HB 458 filed by Rep. David Leibowitz from San Antonio relating to
 "limitations on the number of dogs at a residence in certain
counties."

 The bill states:
 "The commissioners court of a county with a population of one million
or
 more by order may limit the number of dogs that an individual may keep at
a
 residence located in a residential subdivision in the unincorporated area
of
 the county."
 (Note this is unincorporated areas only. However it is a trend we
don't
 want to see established in our counties.)

 The "residential subdivision" means a subdivision that is
platted and
 recorded in the county real property records; in which the majority of the
 lots are subject to deed restrictions limiting lots to residential use and
 that includes at least five lots that have existing residential
structures.

 A meeting will be scheduled with Rep. Leibowitz asap to ask him to pull
his
 bill, that we vehemently oppose it for the reasons listed below. Limit
 Laws:
 * Target all pet owners, regardless of the behavior of their animals.
 * Are hard to enforce as pet owners will simply hide their pets.
 * Cause a decline in the number of pets licensed and vaccinated for
Rabies.
 Bordering Mexico, there's always a Rabies threat in Texas and the
primary
 concern of elected officials should be that all animals are vaccinated for
 Rabies.
 * A person with one dog that runs loose or barks all night is a greater
 nuisance than a person with a dozen dogs that are quiet, clean, and kept
at
 home. Numbers have no relationship to nuisances.

 Please contact your legislators and tell them that you oppose this bill.
 ALWAYS ask for the person in charge of legislation. If you don't know
your
 legislators, go to: www.capitol . state.tx. us/home.aspx and fill in the box
at
 the bottom "Who represents me?"

 Then contact bill sponsor Rep. Leibowitz and politely ask that he withdraw
 HB 458. Phone Austin: (512) 463-0269, Fax: (512) 320-0555 and/or Phone
 San Antonio: (210) 372-0759, Fax: (210) 372-1405. Ask for the person in
 charge of legislation.
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